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Rarity – I Couldn’t Be Weaker (Rise Records)

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We feel that there is only so much we can take as humans when there is really no boundaries to what we can handle. We set mental limits and that is the line shit should not cross, but sometimes it does and escapism is the only solution to be able to comprehend, dissect and deal with life. I Couldn’t Be Weaker is the diary that we opened.


Link: Rarity on Facebook


The Hamilton, Ontario, group deals with emotional controversy on several levels. First there is the context. Happiness, love, anxiety, heartbreak, depression; the emotional spectrum is evaluated, sometimes to extreme depths. Then there is the vocal levels that range from direct sincerity to harsh hyper-realistic hardcore. Whether you want to call it emocore or screamo or whatever the hell, Rarity builds a streamline storm of power and ferocity within the confines of foundational pop song dynamics. There are moments it does get cute but never quite gets there. The last level of this humanistic fruit peeled back is the music. This group can go from power rock to hyper punk like a temper tantrum and then spinning it off of the days Samiam, Mineral and Hot Water Music ruled this roost.

The beauty about I Couldn’t Be Weaker is not just its plea for immediacy but the band’s penchant for persistent cohesiveness from one song to the next. They only up the ante when featuring Joshua Hanusiak of A Sight For Sewn Eyes on “Orchid,” and Derek DiScanio from State Champs on “Absent.”

This band could not be more spot-on then when they break into their choruses and everyone is pushing forward. You can feel everyone’s momentum hit you and their view of hardcore is really powerful. It makes the more introspective moments stand out.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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